Sons Of Getaway Double Up At Fairyhouse
A significant step up in trip saw the Gordon Elliott-trained Getaway John (6g Getaway - Present Your Own, by Presenting) win the Maiden Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Tuesday.
Successful in two bumpers last season, the chestnut finished third in his first two outings over hurdles, each coming over two miles, with Tuesday seeing him race over two miles and seven furlongs. Now ridden by Jack Kennedy, he was held up in a field of 14, gaining on the leaders from three out and raced a close second from two out. Leading narrowly on the run-in, he reacted well to pressure to deny Narcissistic by half a length, with a further eight lengths back to the favourite in third.
Elliott, who trains the winner for John Doyle, later commented, “Jack said he was a different horse today, he jumped and travelled and did everything right.” Bred by Dan Mangan, Getaway John was bought by Bobby O’Ryan for €30,000 at the Goffs Landrover Sale.
Getaway John was completing a double on the card for Elliott and Kennedy, as well as for his sire, whose son Gotaway (7g Getaway - A Day In May, by Kasmayo) won the two mile and five furlong chase earlier on the card. Hailing from the in-form Robert Tyner stable, the bay jumped well at the back of the field and made good progress to take fourth with three fences left to jump. Phillip Enright bided his time, waiting until the final fence to come between horses and led on the run-in, extending his advantage to a length and three quarters on the line, as the favourite finished second.
Gotaway is owned and was bred by Mary Tyner, and comes from the family of Rober Tyner’s talented chase Call Me Dara, who in turn produced Grade 2 runner-up Shoreacres.